Tua Tagovailoa strongly favored to go first overall in 2020 NFL draft

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Las Vegas seems pretty convinced that Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is going to have a fun year.

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Days after releasing odds that had Tagovailoa as the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy next season, the Westgate Las Vegas sportsbook tapped Tagovailoa as the extremely strong favorite to hear his name called first during the 2020 NFL draft.

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Tagovailoa’s 1-to-3 odds are reflective of his absurd season last year, in which he connected on deep ball after deep ball to post 3,966 passing yards, 43 touchdowns and just six interceptions.

Behind Tagovailoa are Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm and Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert at 7-to-1 odds. Herbert being considered that much of a relative longshot to be picked first overall is especially interesting since he was thought to be the likely first overall pick in this year’s draft until he announced his return to the Ducks.

Expectations are sky-high for Tua Tagovailoa this year. (Photo by Andrew Bershaw/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Expectations are sky-high for Tua Tagovailoa this year. (Photo by Andrew Bershaw/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

That’s all in line with Yahoo Sports’ 2020 early prospect list, where Tagovailoa and Herbert formed the top two and Fromm was listed as a QB to watch.

Even though we still don’t know which team will be picked first and won’t know for months, it isn’t surprising that the vast majority of odds have a quarterback going first overall. Seven of the last 10 first overall picks have been passers, and the only drafts that had a different position picked first simply didn’t have a highly touted quarterback. Next year’s draft could have as many as three quarterbacks who would have been taken first overall this year.

Ohio State defensive end Chase Young is the highest non-quarterback at 16-to-1, with a collection of linemen and Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy forming the rest of the field.

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